Art Deco Gold-Filled Red Enamel & Pearl Locket Necklace
Guilloché is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloché surface was then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design would show through the colorful enamel to the surface.
A magnificent Guilloché enamel locket necklace from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This beautiful gold-filled necklace is comprised of a round enameled locket that hangs from a complimentary enamel link chain. The surface of the locket displays a striped red and silver pattern. Beneath the translucent red enamel is a fine Guilloché pattern, which adds light texture when observed closely. A delicate seed pearl rests at the center of the locket, a perfect finishing touch. When opened, the inside of the locket reveals two spaces to store photographs behind removable frames.The locket hangs from its original matching enameled chain, with a lorgnette style extension. The spring ring attachment at the center allows the locket to be easily removed from the chain if desired. Stamped on the side of the center link are the maker's initials "W.M.C." A lovely and feminine piece, this wonderful necklace would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket has a 1" diameter and measures 3/16" thick. The chain measures 22" long, and the locket hangs 3 1/2" long at the center (including the lorgnette extension).
Condition: The necklace remains in very good antique condition. There is some light surface wear to the enameled motif, but no significant scratches or damage. All of the seed pearls are intact. The locket opens easily and fastens securely shut. Both spring ring clasps fastens securely.